Insights on Sustainability

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Does ESG really matter—and why?

– Although valid questions have been raised about ESG, the need for companies to understand and address their externalities is likely to become essential to maintaining their social license.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The net-zero transition in the wake of the war in Ukraine: A detour, a derailment, or a different path?

– The invasion of Ukraine will, at least initially, complicate the transition path to a net-zero economy, but this tragic development... could still prove to be a turning point in accelerating progress in the medium run.
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Accelerating toward net zero: The green business building opportunity

– Surging demand for zero-carbon technologies, materials, and services gives companies opportunities to build new green businesses.... Leaders that move quickly could see exponential growth.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Playing offense to create value in the net-zero transition

– Decarbonization will reshape the economy, opening new markets and imperiling others. Now is the moment for companies to spot green... growth opportunities and move boldly to take advantage.
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The net-zero transition: What it would cost, what it could bring

– This McKinsey report offers a detailed look at the economic and societal impact of the transition to net-zero carbon emissions... by 2050.

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Innovate to net zero

Building a net-zero world requires innovation in technology and business models, which will create growth opportunities for companies that take action

Insights on the net-zero transition

Reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 – and thus limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels – would involve profound economic and societal shifts. McKinsey analysis offers a window into what it would take across sectors and regions.

Green Africa Series

As a result of its high exposure and vulnerability to climate hazards, a third of the people considered most at risk in the world live in Africa.

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Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Climate risk and response: Physical hazards and socioeconomic impacts

– How could Earth’s changing climate impact socioeconomic systems across the world in the next three decades? A yearlong, cross-disciplinary... research effort at McKinsey & Company provides some answers.
Article

Spotting green business opportunities in a surging net-zero economy

Explore how 8 industries may transition to reach a 2050 net-zero scenario, and how organizations can respond with new green businesses... that create value along the way.
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The cement sector’s net-zero transition: Higher costs and demand shifts

For cement companies and their value-chain partners, opportunities for value creation could arise as customers look for low-emissions... building materials.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How to make ESG real

– While ESG is likely to evolve both in substance and name in the coming years, its underlying impulse is here to say. Here’s... how companies can take a more systematic and rewarding approach to ESG.
Executive Briefing

Sustainable and inclusive growth: A weekly briefing

– Inclusive growth means lifting all, not just some. Our weekly digest of McKinsey insights explores that topic.
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Can Vietnamese banks seize the green-bond opportunity?

– The market for financing climate-related projects through green bonds is surging, but Vietnamese banks need to act quickly to... reap the rewards.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on the sustainability revolution in textiles and the fashion industry with Edwin Keh

– The leader of a cutting-edge institute talks about innovative new materials that “eat” carbon and may enable cotton... growing without irrigation, as well as the potential for building the world’s shortest supply chain in two 40-foot containers.
Interview - Learn to Leap: Green Business Building Edition #6

Launching net-zero businesses: Lessons from a digital leader

– Many companies are hustling to start low-carbon businesses. Ram Ramachander works at the speed of a start-up and with the backing... of a corporation.
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Building decarbonization: How electric heat pumps could help reduce emissions today and going forward

– The electrification of heating systems could play a significant role in the transition to net zero—and heat pumps are emerging... as a solution.
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Decarbonizing grocery

– Here’s how the grocery sector can protect the planet and position itself for green growth.
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How a ‘materials transition’ can support the net-zero agenda

– As the energy transition continues, advances toward low-emissions materials and the circular economy can also speed progress to... net zero. Research on Europe shows the value in such a materials transition.
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